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Minnesota Reduces HME Driver Age

In most states, you must be 21 years old to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) with a Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) for intrastate commerce – operating solely within the boundaries of a single state. This has long put the propane industry at a competitive disadvantage, as other industries that require a CDL – but not an HME – are able to engage with and hire workers ages 18-20. By the time these workers turn 21, they are already professionally invested in another industry.

Earlier this year, both Indiana and Wyoming passed bills that will allow CDL holders, ages 18-20, to apply for and obtain an HME for intrastate commerce. Until a short time ago, CDL drivers under 21 in Minnesota were limited in the types of HME products that they could legally transport around the state. However, legislation was recently signed into law that allows CDL holders, between the ages of 18-20, to transport both bulk and non-bulk hazardous materials in intrastate commerce, allowing these younger employees to engage in more types of work on behalf of propane marketers. As the propane industry continues to combat workforce challenges, the ability to fully utilize capable workers is crucial.

The Minnesota Propane Association, led by State Executive Dave Wager, spearheaded this effort at the State Capitol. For more information, contact NPGA’s Director of State Affairs, Jacob Peterson.